Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The Pre-Con Checklist

All right, so you have decided its time to start this . Are you sure you want to do this? You know, they say that outside of getting married, the most difficult thing to get right is building a custom home.

I don't know how many home owners, and potential clients that I have talked to have said,"I have heard so many bad things about building a custom home, we aren't quite sure we want to do this."

My response to them and to all of you who have the same sentiment is this, "Building a custom home is the art of bringing together a thousand different details. If you go into it without a plan you plan to fail, but if you have a plan centered around details that allow you to see the end from the beginning then you will have a good experience."

That is where we are going to start. We are going to break this home building experience down to the very core and find out what makes a successful project flow from concept to conception.

Lets get started.

Below you will find a Pre-Construction Checklist. A useful tool that I used as a general contractor to help make sure everything was in place before we started a project. I will present it in its entirety.  Then over the next few months I will break it down so that you can understand the details behind the checklist.

Now there are other details before this like where to build, house plans, and the bidding process, but I have decided to start here at the Pre-Construction Checklist, because this is where trouble can start if you are not prepared.

  1. Schedule
  2. Contracts
  3. Budget
  4. Complete Architectural/Mechanical Plans
  5. Specifications
  6. Building Permits
  7. Change Order procedures and fees
  8. Back Charge procedures and fees
  9. Transmittal/Submittal
  10. Purchase Order 
  11. Quality Control 
  12. Daily report
  13. Warranty and Service procedures 
  1. Home Base
  2. Office Supplies
  3. Information Binder
  4. Communication plan
  5. State Notification
  6. Builders Risk Insurance Policy
  7. Relationship strategies
  8. Trade Contractor/Supplier selection
  9. Project Goals: individual, team, financial
  10. Holiday/Vacation schedule
  11. Construction Meetings
  12. Site Cleanliness, Protection, and Security Plans
  13. Site Signage Plan
  14. Long lead items
  15. Project Funding
  16. Manpower
  17. Travel arrangements-vehicle, housing, subsistence
  18. Out of town payroll
  19. EEO/Affirmative Action
  20. Inspections
  21. Budgets and Cost Codes in place
  22. Equipment mobilization
  23. Supply Drop off/Pick up plan
  24. Utility Sources
  25. Construction waste disposal
  26. Human wast disposal
  27. Official land survey
  28. Seasonal implications
  1. Safety Plan
  2. Crisis Management Plan
  3. Safety Challenges
  4. Job Site Safety Meeting
  5. Job Site Safety Report
  6. Fire Prevention Plan
  7. Emergency Evacuation Plan
  8. Job Hazard Analysis
  9. MSDS Book
  10. Asbestos Survey copy
  11. Special clothing requirements
  12. Special training
  13. First Aid Kits
  14. Fire Extinguishers
  15. Hospital/Instacare facilities
  16. Hard Hats
  17. Safety Glasses
  18. Gloves
  19. Noise protection
  20. Dust protection
  21. Rebar caps
  22. Safety signage
  23. Fall protection/exposed openings
  24. Drinking water
  25. Special hazards
  26. Traffic/Pedestrian routing and protection
  27. Storm/Waste Water Plan (SWPP)
  28. Site/Project Dust Control (Air quality permit required)
  29. Certified Equipment Operators
  30. Tools and equipment needed
If you have any questions before I start breaking this down feel free to leave a comment and I will help you out.  Until next time good luck and keep swinging.